This time, the fight is going down in Arizona, where governor Jan Brewer has the option to veto bill SB1062. The bill threatens to allow employers to use religious beliefs to discriminate against the LGBT community.
Apple is one of many companies who have come out against the bill, including a number of local organizations such as the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Eighty-three other companies have also signed on to the letter, opposing the bill and asking the governor to veto it.
However, Apple went a step further than just signing a letter, according to Arizona Capitol Times. A Brewer spokesperson confirmed that Apple placed a call to the governor’s office to speak directly about the matter, which could be pivotal in the governor’s decision.
After all, Apple is about to open a major Sapphire glass plant in the state which is expected to create 2,000 new jobs.
Just recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a great speech on LGBT issues, emotionally sharing his own experiences with discrimination. You can check it out below.